Our research focuses on the manifold interactions between teachers and learners relying on a diversity of material, digital and semiotic artefacts. Our studies also embrace the practices of other professionals involved in teaching/ learning processes within the context of their respective educational institutions, as for example, caregivers in “maison relais” or in homes. We aim for the systematic, empirical, methodological examination and theoretical representation (models) of central aspects of teaching and learning, and learning to teach. Additionally we work towards gaining new understandings on processes of teacher professionalisation along the career trajectory.

Both quantitative and qualitative research methods are facilitated in our research projects. Alongside systematic observation procedures, standardised tests and experimental, resp. quasi-experimental methods, we also promote qualitative methods of ethnographic observation, participatory research approaches, collaborative design-based research, as well as action research are also increasingly employed.

Key research issues

1. Primary school teacher education
  • Pre-service and in-service teacher identity development
  • Teachers’ beliefs and subjective theories of learning and teaching
  • Reflective teaching and research practices
2. Primary school teaching practices
  • Inclusive pedagogy; assessment and development of inclusive teaching materials
  • Competency-based pedagogical practices
  • Teaching and learning in culturally diverse settings; contextually responsive pedagogies
  • Responsive teaching approaches
3. Mathematics Education
  • 3D modelling
  • Teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching
  • Algebraic thinking and early algebra
  • Early number skills
  • Geometric learning
4. Physical Education
  • Motor learning in early childhood as a prerequisite for an adequate motor development and a healthy lifestyle
  • Quality aspects of formal and non-formal physical education
  • Pedagogical diagnose, promotion and monitoring of children’s motor competencies
  • Promotion of active school settings and active learning; Measurement and promotion of physical activity pattern in different social contexts
5. Science Education
  • Children’s engagement in science practices; translanguaging in science
  • Innovative pedagogical approaches; inquiry-based science education
  • Integrated science and language learning
  • Task construction in science learning and teaching
  • Assessment of science textbooks
6. Values Education
  • Citizenship education, democratic education, holocaust education
  • Sensibilisation against antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, extremisms and populisms
  • Gender issues, critical pedagogy and human dignity
  • "Philosophieren mit Kindern", éducation critique aux médias
7. Computational Thinking in Fundamental Education
  • Definition of computational thinking
  • Teaching practices fostering computational thinking
  • Learning resources to teach computational thinking
8. Technologies and digital media in educational settings
  • Educational technology policies and strategies
  • Children’s engagement in technology practices
  • Theories and models underlying educational technology practices
  • Digital game-based learning
9. Media & Information Literacy Education
  • Assessment of media & information literacy
  • Teaching practices fostering media & information literacy